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Q&A What are the consequences of — illegally — using a 446 MHz PMR in the North American wilderness?

I've recently bought a pair of PMR446 walkie-talkies with some 5–10 km range, operating at 446 MHz. We've happily used them in Sareks Nationalpark in Sweden. Now I'm moving to Canada, where this ...

4 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by gerrit‭  ·  edited 2y ago by ArtOfCode‭

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Q&A In-helmet communication for ski

I am often skiing with some friends, and would love to have some way of communicating. I've seen quite a lot of bluetooth based systems for motorcycles, but not as many for skiing. The ideal syste...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Paul92‭

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Q&A Do Garmin InReach plans include unlimited incoming messages?

I am considering getting a Garmin InReach device (a device allowing two-way satellite communication via text messages) and I am trying to decipher the hidden costs of the subscription that comes al...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Vince‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Garmin inReach vs. overcast sky

Garmin says about inReach that to have a two-way satellite communication "you need to have a clear view of the sky". And what about cloud cover?.. Say it's winter and 100% overcast with angry cu...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Alexander‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is it practical to get a satellite phone for communication from remote areas?

When going into remote areas, it would be great to be able to communicate with the outside world, for emergency purposes or just to be able to call home on long trips. Is it practical for an averag...

3 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by jrdioko‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do you wave off a search and rescue helicopter?

We were out on a night hike. A helicopter showed up, by behavior it was search and rescue, looking not too far away from our group. It might have simply been doing training, but if it was a real ...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Loren Pechtel‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How best to hold/aim a Garmin InReach for satellite messaging?

On a recent camping trip, I was having great difficulty sending messages with a Garmin InReach. I was in a woods with a moderately thick canopy overhead, but next to a small river so I could step o...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Dr Marble‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do you aim a signal mirror?

Say you are in the middle of a desert where there is lots of sunshine, and you are trying to signal for help with a signal mirror. Either in the distance there is a person, or there is an airplane...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I report an emergency via SMS text message?

When hiking, I often find myself in areas where cell phone reception is poor or intermittent. Sometimes the signal is not good enough to make a call, but it is still possible to send text messages...

5 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Nate Eldredge‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can you use an Iridium phone with a SIM but with no active plan to place an emergency call?

It seems that you can't use an Iridium handset to place an emergency call without a SIM card (which seems to be more a commercial than a technical issue). What I'm wondering is whether an "expired...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Brann‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What qualities to look for in a good emergency whistle?

I've always been taught to keep a whistle on me in case of emergencies - it makes sense since it's small and lightweight but could really help in an emergency. However, something I've never really...

4 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by berry120‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are there standard whistle signals for communicating with separated party members?

Similar to the previous question that turned up when I searched on this topic: Is there a standard set of light signals for mountaineers?, but for sound? Repeating sets of 3 blasts is standard fo...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by drwestco‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are there sound-based alternatives to whistle signals for group communication?

Whistles can be used to signal to group members, however the downside is that other people may think you are having an emergency. Are there any other devices that would allow you to signal with no...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Recommendations for two-way radios to use while skiing

Going skiing with another family next year and looking for two-way radios to use so we can stay in touch. I've used cell phones in the past but that can get awkward (and since we are going to Canad...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by Brad Patton‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A I am looking for a two way radio/device with constant contact

Hello, I am looking for a device to be in communications with another person while skiing without having to push a button. Exactly like a cell phone, but since phones don't work up where we ski loo...

1 answer  ·  posted 9y ago by Jason‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What range should I expect for a reasonable set of walkie-talkies / two-way radio?

When I'm hiking with my friend, some of the time we hike together, but sometimes we hike seperately, and may be some kilometres apart only to meet on the agreed location for the evening. Our next ...

3 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What would happen if I use a USA (GMRS/FRS) two-way radio in Europe?

This question is the opposite from this one: What would the consequences of using a US two-way radio (GMRS/FRS) in Europe? I know Europe has their own frequency range for two-way radios (PMR), but ...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Felix‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the risk of starting a forest or wildland fire with a flare gun?

When firing a flare gun in the air, what is the risk of accidentally starting a forest or wildland fire? Does the flare go out completely before it touches the ground?

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is there a safer way to use a flare in a wooded area?

This answer on another question says that there is a risk of causing a forest fire when using a flare. Is there a recommended/safer way to use flares that lessens this risk, in the event that some...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Shokhet‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are there standardized signals to communicate with aircraft?

Suppose one is in distress in the wilderness, and is being searched for by planes or helicopters because they thoughtfully told their friends where they were going and when they'd be back. Alternat...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by nhinkle‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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